Russian influence over Ukraine as well being political and historical is also bound to faith. The Ukrainian Orthodox Church in splitting up with Moscow is aiming to loosen the Russias hold over Ukraine.
The imminent creation of the new Ukrainian church raises deep concerns about what will happen to the approximately 12,000 churches in Ukraine that are currently under the Moscow Patriarchate.
Constantinople's decision last week to end more than 300 years of Moscow's control over Orthodox churches in Ukraine was met with the Russian Orthodox Church's decision to split from Constantinople.
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